Preparing for hurricanes is crucial to ensure safety and minimize damage. Here are five essential tips to help you get ready:

  1. Create an Emergency Kit
    Prepare an emergency kit that can sustain your household for at least 72 hours. Your kit should include:
  • Non-perishable food and water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Medications and medical supplies
  • Flashlights, batteries, and a portable charger
  • First aid kit
  • Important documents (IDs, insurance policies) in a waterproof container
  • Cash, as ATMs and credit card machines may not work
  • Personal hygiene items and sanitation supplies
  1. Develop a Family Emergency Plan
    Ensure everyone in your household knows what to do in case of a hurricane. This plan should include:
  • Evacuation routes and meeting points if separated
  • Contact information for family members and emergency services
  • Procedures for securing your home before leaving
  • Plans for pets, as many shelters do not allow animals
  1. Stay Informed
    Keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts and warnings:
  • Sign up for local alert systems or download weather apps
  • Listen to the radio or watch TV for emergency updates
  • Follow the guidance of local authorities regarding evacuations and sheltering
  1. Secure Your Home
    Minimize potential damage by securing your property:
  • Install storm shutters or board up windows with plywood
  • Bring in outdoor furniture, decorations, and garbage cans
  • Reinforce garage doors
  • Trim trees and shrubs to reduce the risk of falling branches
  • Consider purchasing flood insurance if you live in a flood-prone area
  1. Know Your Evacuation Zone and Routes
    Understand your area’s evacuation zones and plan your route in advance:
  • Determine the nearest evacuation shelters
  • Have multiple routes planned in case roads are blocked
  • Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full and ensure it’s in good working condition
  • If you don’t have transportation, arrange with neighbors, friends, or local authorities for assistance

By following these tips, you can better protect yourself, your family, and your property during hurricane season.